New South Wales Government Gazette 1849
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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (1962 pages)
Year: (1849) 2008
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia
So you've heard of Government Gazettes ... but just what are they, and how can they help you with your research?
What is a Government Gazette?
It was an official publication of all Government notices, including the operation dates of Acts of Parliament. Once the notice in the Gazette was published, the public was deemed to have notice of it. Often produced once or twice a week, with occasional 'Extraordinary' and 'Supplement' editions, the 1849 issues consist of approximately 14 pages each.
What will I find in a New South Wales Government Gazette?
Tens of thousands of ordinary people and localities, small and large, are mentioned every year in Government Gazettes. You will find details on land transactions, court notices, notice of acts, tenders and contracts (those offered as well as those taken up), police auctions of stolen property, statistics (such as rations for early emigrants), unclaimed letters, impoundments of cattle and horses, reward notices, notification of passenger ship arrivals, public meetings, opening of new post offices and churches, and much more ... There is a large amount of information relating to convicts: - absconders, those who were granted a ticket-of-leave as well as those who had it cancelled, certificates-of-freedom, deserters, apprehensions and more.
How can this information help me?
Government Gazettes contain a vast amount of historical and genealogical information. Now that they are on CD you can easily search for any number of names or places. They offer researchers much more than simply names and places. They will help you reconstruct events and circumstances in the life of
individuals and communities.
SAMPLE ENTRY (from the 2 January 1849 issue):
On Monday, the fifteenth day of January next, a General Muster of all ticket of leave holders for the District of Moreton Bay, will be commenced at the Police Office, in Brisbane, and will be continued until the thirty-first of the same month, when the must book will be closed, and every absentee will be immediately reported to the Principal Superintendent of Convicts, excepting in instances where the distance is too great to permit personal attendance, of where absence would be a serious inconvenience to the employer, in either case of which cases it will be absolutely necessary that the ticket of leave be forwarded to the Police Office, Brisbane, together with a certificate to the above effect, under the hand of the employer; and if the person residing without the boundaries of the Police district of Moreton Bay, he must state by what authority he does so. A neglect of either of these conditions would cause the offender to be treated as an absentee. All persons whose ticket of leave have been granted, but not from this office, are hereby directed to apply at once in person for the same; any such tickets remaining in this office after the above named thirty-first day of January, will be returned to the office of the Principal Superintendent of Convicts.
By order of the Police Magistrates
William Anthony Brown,
Clerk of Petty Sessions.
Police Office, Brisbane,
15th December, 1848
High quality scanned images of each of the original issues. This CD has been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.
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